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Why Using LinkedIn Makes Sense For B2B Distributors

May 29, 2015 | by Robert Kravitz | Articles | Comments

While B2B successes with Facebook and Twitter have been few and far between, LinkedIn has promising market value. Here's why it's smart to make use of it.

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U.S. Economy Shrank At 0.7 Percent Rate In First Quarter

May 29, 2015 11:59 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The revised figure, even weaker than the government's initial estimate of a 0.2 percent growth rate, reflects a bigger trade gap and slower consumer spending.


Never Mind Peak Oil Supply — Are We Approaching Peak Oil Demand?

May 29, 2015 11:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

One expert predicts that global demand for oil will peak within the next two decades.


Electric Thermostat Enclosure Cooler

May 29, 2015 10:14 am | by ITW Vortec Itw Vortec Product Releases | Comments

Unlike traditional electric thermostat enclosure coolers which require additional wiring and piping to properly install, the new Electric Vortex A/C comes pre-wired, requires no additional wiring, and just needs an outlet within 6 feet of the unit.


United Stationers Officially Rebrands As Essendant

May 29, 2015 10:05 am | by United Stationers | News | Comments

United Stationers Supply Co., Azerty, LagasseSweet, and ORS Nasco will come together under the Essendant brand starting June 1, while MEDCO will follow shortly thereafter.


Acme Tools Expanding Corporate Headquarters

May 28, 2015 11:28 am | by Acme Tools | News | Comments

The expansion increases Acme's corporate headquarters building to 15,000 square feet, including a new employee training room, new offices, conference rooms, and open work areas.


Top U.S. Manufacturers View Labor Issues As Increasing Risk

May 28, 2015 10:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

U.S. and foreign supplier/vendor concerns and distribution disruptions topped the risk factors list for a second straight year.


Rexel Donates $25K To NAED's Education & Research Foundation

May 28, 2015 10:18 am | by NAED | News | Comments

The gift from Rexel comes as the annual campaign for the NAED Foundation closes at the end of June.


ThomasNet Adds 'Buy It Now On Amazon' To Website

May 28, 2015 9:33 am | News | Comments

Purchasing professionals and engineers can find the right OEM and MRO products through’s Product Sourcing application, and now they can seamlessly buy many of those products on


SRS Distribution To Acquire Advanced Building Products

May 27, 2015 4:02 pm | by SRS Distribution | News | Comments

The addition of the building products distributor will give SRS 149 total locations in 38 states.


Report Calls For Public Investment In 3D Printing

May 27, 2015 3:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Analysis by the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation said 3D printing is already beginning to shorten supply chains in a number of industrial sectors, and improve both cost and efficiency.


RBC Bearings Sales Down In Q4, But Up 6 Percent In Fiscal 2015

May 27, 2015 1:30 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A narrow increase in industrial sales for RBC was offset by declines in aerospace and defense sales.


Kuriyama Expands To Spain, Argentina With Tipsa Acquisition

May 27, 2015 1:07 pm | by Kuriyama | News | Comments

The key product lines for Tipsa Group are the manufacturing and marketing of specialty rubber blended layflat products designed for mining, agricultural, irrigation, industrial, fire-fighting, and certain sectors in the oil and gas market.


GAM Launches Mobile Web App

May 27, 2015 12:54 pm | by GAM | Product Releases | Comments

The gear reducer, servo coupling, and linear mounting kit maker's app includes an easy to use sizing tool that helps users find the right product compatible with their servomotor.

Amazon Hires 6K Full-Time Workers For Distribution Centers

May 27, 2015 9:09 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The hiring push will help aid Amazon's Prime program offering of free two-day delivery, as well as one-hour delivery in select cities.


Non-Contact Voltage Tester With Flashlight

May 27, 2015 9:05 am | by Klein Tools Klein Tools Product Releases | Comments

Incorporating Klein’s “tough meter” standards of dustproof, waterproof, CAT IV 1000V safety rating, and drop protection of up to 6.6 feet, this tool is suitable for any jobsite.

The Rise Of Prescriptive Analytics In The B2B Environment

May 27, 2015 8:53 am | by Javier Aldrete, Senior Director of Product Management, Zilliant | Articles | Comments

Prescriptive guidance can provide answers to everyday sales decisions, such as which customers to call, what products to pitch, and what prices to quote.


The 68th Survey of Distributor Operations: Employment

May 27, 2015 8:38 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

How many industrial distributors are adding or reducing staff, and in which areas? Find out here, as well as how well distributors rate themselves in terms of recruiting.


BDI Opens New Branch In Tulsa, OK

May 26, 2015 2:55 pm | News | Comments

The new facility is the company's first in Oklahoma, and gives BDI 208 locations worldwide.


Building A Supplier Relationship Around Semantics

May 26, 2015 2:44 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s important to reiterate the details behind what makes a good partnership, though perhaps the idea of a true partnership is still easier said than done.


Is Work-Life Balance Dead?

May 26, 2015 2:31 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Many in today’s workforce so closely integrate work efforts into their overall life that the days of ‘clocking out,’ are buried in the distant memories of work before email. How can businesses with stringent scheduling requirements help address employee wants and needs?



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